ERIC Number: ED362498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
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Undergraduates' Attitudes toward Teaching in Urban and Non-Urban Schools.
Hynes, John L.; Socoski, Patrick
This study was conducted to determine the attitudes of 140 students entering a teacher preparation program at West Chester University (Pennsylvania) toward urban and non-urban schools. A 98-item survey instrument was developed containing questions pertaining to various aspects of the teaching-learning environment and was administered to two randomly selected groups of preservice teachers. One group was asked to think of a typical large urban school and to answer questions in response to their perceptions of such a school; the other group was asked to think of a typical school in a non-urban environment. A preliminary analysis of the data suggests that subjects adhere to at least three stereotypes: (1) urban schools have more negative attributes than non-urban schools; (2) non-urban schools are virtually idyllic places in which to teach; and (3) teachers of less prepared students need more knowledge of teaching techniques and less knowledge of subject matter, or conversely, that teachers of good students need less knowledge of teaching techniques and more knowledge of subject matter. The major implication of the research is that undergraduates who intend to become teachers need to develop more realistic expectations about the teaching environment in both urban and non-urban schools. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Perceived Reality
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, February 1991).